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Feb 6, 2024

Aptera Motors secures $33M from community for its 400-mile solar EVs

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

With a 400-mile range and solar capabilities, Aptera’s solar EVs are setting the stage for sustainability and accessibility.

Discover how Aptera Motors achieved $33 million through its community-led Accelerator Program to fuel production for its solar electric vehicle.

Feb 5, 2024

Algae Growth Linked to Atmospheric Dust: Insights from Pioneering Research

Posted by in categories: climatology, computing, sustainability

Dr. Janice Brahney: “Only recently have we started to see troubling outbreaks of toxic algal blooms in mountain environments. So, these changes are happening fast and are really concerning. It’s important we get to the bottom of this.”

What impact does atmospheric dust have on algae? This is what a recent study published in Global Change Biology hopes to address as a team of researchers from Utah State University (USU) investigated how increased dust concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere could lead to larger algae blooms, impacting life on both land and in the oceans. This study holds the potential to help scientists better understand the acceptable amounts of dust and algae on the Earth and their impact on aquatic life, specifically in mountain ranges across the globe. The reason mountain headwater regions were the focus of the study was because they provide approximately 50% of the world’s population with fresh water.

“Only recently have we started to see troubling outbreaks of toxic algal blooms in mountain environments,” said Dr. Janice Brahney, who is an associate professor in the Watershed Sciences Department at USU and a co-author on the study. “So, these changes are happening fast and are really concerning. It’s important we get to the bottom of this. Toxic blooms in mountain lakes like the ones we’ve seen recently in remote mountain lakes are unprecedented.”

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Feb 5, 2024

Ford EV Drivers Will Get Free Tesla Supercharger Adapters

Posted by in categories: climatology, Elon Musk, sustainability

In May of last year, Ford CEO Jim Farley made a surprise announcement during an online event co-hosted by Tesla’s Elon Musk: the Blue Oval would adopt the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) port. Starting this spring, that unlikely pairing will become a reality, with Ford’s EVs (F-150 Lightning trucks, Mustang Mach-E SUVs, and E-Transit vehicles) plugging in to the Supercharger network.

Farley promised a fast charging adapter for its EV customers in the U.S. and Canada, and he indicated online this week that they’ll be available to order soon. The Ford boss didn’t nail down a date, promising more details are imminent.

“When we announced Ford EVs would get access to Tesla Superchargers, I said we’d send customers a Fast Charging Adapter. I’m pleased to confirm that eligible Mustang Mach-E & F-150 Lightning owners in the U.S. + Canada can reserve a complimentary adapter starting soon,” Farley says via X, formerly Twitter.

Feb 3, 2024

World’s most efficient QD solar cells developed by Korean researchers

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

The researchers claim to have achieved 18 percent energy conversion efficiency, trumping all previous achievements, with just a small change.

Researchers at UNIST have used an innovative method to improve the energy efficiency of organic QD solar cells to 18 percent. Previously, it had peaked at 13 percent.

Feb 3, 2024

Researchers develop gold nanowire spectroscopy system to reveal how trions are generated

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

In a significant advancement for next-generation semiconductors, a collaborative research team has made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors.

Their findings, published in Nano Letters, shed light on the generation and control of trions, providing valuable insights into the optical properties of these materials.

2D semiconductors, known for their exceptional light characteristics per unit volume with high flexibility due to their atomic layer thickness, hold immense potential for applications in areas such as advanced flexible devices, nano photonics, and solar cells.

Feb 3, 2024

Regina steps up, adding 53 electric buses to its public transit fleet

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Saskatchewan’s capital city is moving forward with plans to electrify its Regina Transit fleet, signing a five-year contract with Nova Bus to acquire 53 battery electric city buses.

A subsidiary of the Volvo Group based in Quebec, Nova Bus manufactures long-range electric bus options with absolutely massive battery packs — up to 564 kWh on its biggest models, with the option of DC fast-charging or charging through overhead wires.

The first installment of its larger order will see seven of its LFSe+ 40-foot, long-range buses delivered to the City of Regina early in 2025 at a cost of $10.8 million (Canadian). The city will follow that with 13 more buses later in 2025 at a cost of $22.4 million, with an additional $21.2 million set to be spent on facility upgrades and infrastructure to support the electric buses.

Feb 3, 2024

BYD EV sales grew nearly 50% in January as exports reached a new high

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

After topping Tesla in the final three months of 2023, BYD is starting the year off strong with EV sales rising another 50% in January.

BYD sold 105,304 fully electric cars last month, up 48% from the 71,338 handed over last year. Production was also up significantly, with 114,365 EVs built last month, up 64% YOY.

Interestingly, BYD’s all-electric vehicles are beginning to outpace its plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). BYD’s PHEV sales were up 21% to 95,715 last month. Production was only up 9% to 90,749 units.

Feb 3, 2024

Automaker will completely abandon gas after unveiling first-ever electric SUV

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

A LUXURY carmaker has confirmed the release of an EV model that’ll replace the original gas version.

The news were shared this week, with the new vehicle expected to enter production in the latter half of 2024.

Porsche has announced their electric Macan SUV.

Feb 2, 2024

Unveiling the Power of Air in Revolutionary “Plasmonic Black Gold” Catalysis

Posted by in categories: innovation, sustainability

A breakthrough plasmonic catalyst, stable in air, revolutionizes acetylene semi-hydrogenation, marking a significant advance in sustainable catalysis.

In a significant breakthrough, Prof. Polshettiwar’s group at TIFR, Mumbai has developed a novel “Plasmonic Reduction Catalyst Stable in Air,” defying the common instability of reduction catalysts in the presence of air. The catalyst merges platinum-doped ruthenium clusters, with ‘plasmonic black gold’. This black gold efficiently harvests visible light and generates numerous hot spots due to plasmonic coupling, enhancing its catalytic performance.

Superior Performance in Semi-Hydrogenation.

Feb 2, 2024

New tandem solar panel achieves world record conversion efficiency, 25%

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

A pivotal achievement has been reached in the realm of energy transition with the development of a cutting-edge tandem solar panel. Interestingly, the solar panel has demonstrated an impressive conversion efficiency rate of 25 percent.

The 25 percent efficiency is a significant improvement above the average 24 percent efficiency found in commercial modules. This makes it the world’s most efficient perovskite silicon tandem solar module in an industrial configuration, as per the release.

This remarkable achievement marks a crucial milestone in the global transition towards sustainable energy sources.

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